Arrived in Portland last night just before midnight, heading straight from the airport I was able to catch the end of the first set and the entire second set at The Good Foot.
I also caught the Wayword Sons as the opener for Butter last weekend, I liked this set better. As an opener, they were given 30 minutes and it wasn't really enough, songs were shorter, which left them lacking!
Benny Galloway is great, I love his voice. I really liked the no drummer thing, Benny didn't need it, he had no problems with the bass alone.
Anders also very talented, he switched between dobro and slide all night, love that sound!
Don't know the keyboard players name but I especially like him. He really fills the sound out, ties it all together. He adds the space and gives the music it's something special.
And the acoustic guitar player Pete, had a chance to talk to him and he's very sweet...I get the feeling he's a bit of a character. Also got a great voice and did a lot of the singing, and they played a bunch of his tunes as well.
They did some slow stuff, swaying music...but that wasn't the bulk of the set, there was plenty of opportunity to dance! Covers included: a super sweet and way jammed out Birdsong, Shenandoah Breakdown (with a fiddle player) and they ended with a nice funked up After Midnight...hopefully that was a little taste of what they'll do for their late night String Summit set.
Whoo-hoo! Hope to see more of these guys in the future!
and...David Nelson was on my flight last night...he didn't look happy, he got stuck with a middle seat
Nice writeup, Emily. I know and have picked with Pete and he's a good egg who like the Sons is simply trying to make a living with music. He recorded a very nice solo album (his second), Out Of Nowhere, featuring boatloads of Colorado Front Range musicians (Eric Thorin, Greg Schochet, Ryan Drickey, etc.) and all orinigals. Oodly enough, both Jeff Austin and Drew Emmitt appear on the album, but only supplying harmony vocals on a few tracks (separately).